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SWLA President’s Foreword

Welcome to The Natural Eye, the 53rd annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists. The exhibition this year is complemented by some exciting project and bursary displays. In the Out of the Frame room we have work from a major collaborative project in Turkey looking at the Turkish Sweetgum forests. There is a fascinating report on page 10 that shows how this project inspired the participating students in Turkey and helped them explore a new way of approaching their art. In addition Darren Woodhead has been busy grappling with painting underwater as the recipient of this year’s Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award (see page 46) and we have more work from the RSPB Wallasea residency as well as bursary work from three fresh faces on the Seabird Drawing Course. I am always proud of these collaborative projects and I am keenly aware of the work that goes into them. As with so many charities, the SWLA requires a lot of energy and enthusiasm from its members to run smoothly. Many hours of voluntary efforts are needed to make this exhibition a success and there is even more work behind the scenes helping to secure and run the projects, produce the Newsletter, create the catalogue and raise funds for the Society. Every August we have a stand at the British Bird Watching Fair to promote the work of the Society and where we hold the very successful and popular Original Artwork Draw. Tickets sell quickly and the money raised enables us to continue to offer bursaries to emerging artists. This key fundraising event exists thanks to the generosity of our members who donate work to the draw and sponsorship from the FBA for the stand. For non-members and enthusiasts the Friends Scheme is a worthwhile way of helping support the Society and being more closely involved, with opportunities to visit artists’ studios planned for next year alongside existing benefits and opportunities. Do visit our website to find out more ways that you can be involved. In an Olympic year where the athletes were quick to thank their support team for their success, I’d like to thank everyone who helps keep this show on the road including the gallery staff, sponsors, supporters and the artists themselves. It really is a team effort rewarded by another exciting exhibition and impressive folio of projects and bursaries.

Harriet Mead 3

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The Natural Eye 2016  

The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition celebrates the natural world in all its guises through drawing, printmaking, painting and...

The Natural Eye 2016  

The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition celebrates the natural world in all its guises through drawing, printmaking, painting and...

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